Questions You Might Have...
"Where do you hold your lessons?"
I currently teach from various music studios in the West and Central areas of Singapore.
For students who live overseas, are travelling or can't travel for a particular lesson, I also do Skype and Zoom lessons, which you'd be surprised, can be almost as effective as in-person lessons.
"How long will it take for me to see results?"
Well, it really depends on what you mean by "results", where you're starting out from, and how fast or slow you learn.
For most of my clients, they are able to discover chest and head voice and get some sort of a connection between them within the first lesson. This is often a very transformational one.
In very rare cases, there are those who can't match pitch as a result can't sing the scales which we use for vocal exercises. In this case, we will have to spend some time on ear training first.
In the next few lessons, one may either continue to progress consistently, or go through a series of ups and downs, as his/her body adjusts to the new (and better) coordinations, and their mind undergoes a paradigm shift of what is good singing.
Long story short, there will be another obvious improvement within the next 1-3 months of regular lessons as one develops consistency.
"Why must I develop my mixed voice?"
The question is, how many colours do you want to paint with?
Singers are artists, and we express themselves with our voices. If you have a limited range, your song selections will be limited, your styling will be limited, and your artistic expression will be limited.
Singing in only chest voice (or head voice) is like painting with only 6 colours. If you establish head voice (or chest voice, whichever you are weak in/ do not have), you get another 6 colours to play with. And when you mix them together, you're gonna get an additional 6 x 6 = 36 colours. (I personally feel that it's a "x" instead of a "+", because the varying amounts of chest and head voices you choose to us will give you a whole lot more artistic freedom for your singing. And that's not even taking into consideration the notes from head voice extension / super head voice and whistle voice that a number of you will be able to access!)
The most important thing is that, with the development of your mix, you'll not only have more notes to sing with; your control, ease, voice quality, endurance and dynamics all get a boost, because through developing the mix, we are actually helping you to find your best vocal balance, and then building upon that to create your very best voice.
If singing makes you happy, then developing your mix and being able to sing in it will make you a lot happier!
"How are you different from the other vocal coaches and music schools out there?"
Firstly, most vocal coaches are teaching only because they can naturally sing well, and so people think that they are qualified to teach singing.
However, being able to "do it" and being able to "teach it" are two very different things. The truth is, most of them aren't trained to teach, and are only teaching based on what feels right based on their own experience, which will most likely not work for someone else on a different path, with their own unique set of vocal issues. Someone who's naturally slim will struggle teaching a fat person how to lose weight.
After 10 years of correct vocal training, I have been through the journey of "can't sing" (I'm dead serious) to "can sing" (decently). I'll upload evidence soon. My vocal tension has reduced drastically, my vocal range has doubled (from 1.5 to 3 octaves), my pitching and control have improved, and I sing AND speak so much better and clearer now.
Combined with my ongoing training in vocal coaching, I'm able to take singers along the path I've been through well, especially with my track record of having been able to help every single singer I've taught over the past 2 years improve their voices by a fair bit very quickly.
"Talent is not transferable, technique is."
And that is why natural talents may actually make the worst teachers.
Secondly, most of the vocal coaches out there do not truly understand vocal technique, unfortunately. They may talk about range extension and mixed voice or are able to do it (naturally), but they struggle to teach it. Many of them can't even get the distinction between head voice and falsetto right!
To find out if they truly understand voice, one of the things you should assess them on is their ability to help at least 80% of singers achieve a smooth, connected voice from their chest to head registers with no breaks, spanning more than 2 octaves, within just a couple of regular lessons.
Anyone who tells you that it takes years to achieve that does not know better. Yes, a stage-ready mix may take up to years to build for those who're starting out in a bad shape (like me), but a connected voice (from chest voice to head voice) does not.
Thirdly, most singing classes out there are "song run through" sessions with little to no vocal training that helps to develop voices. They may be good for developing musicality and artistry, and it's fine if one already has a good voice to begin with but need help in the two areas.
However, those who aren't naturally gifted with good vocal technique will never experience true vocal growth, and always be stuck with singing really simple and easy-to-sing songs due to a lack of vocal technique.
"How can I be sure that the technique you're teaching is 'correct'?"
If you engage in a particular form of exercise (e.g. running, yoga, weight-lifting), and you see and feel a positive impact on your health without any negative side-effects (let's not talk over-exercising), that means it's good for you, right?
Training in our technique reduces unhealthy muscle tension in your throat and builds proper coordination and strength in your vocal cords, so you sing a lot easier, healthier and better. That means that even if it's not the best way to train voices, it is definitely "less wrong" than most other methods out there.
As how Mark Manson puts it, "We should seek to chip away at the ways that we're wrong today so that we can be a little less wrong tomorrow... That answer will change and evolve, because I change and evolve."
"You don't sing that well... What makes you qualified to teach me?"
"Singing well" is subjective. Some people think I sing well, some think I don't.
A teacher once told me, "You just need to be better than the person you're teaching in order to be able to help him/her."
He wasn't a "master", but I learnt great stuff from him nonetheless.
If you think I'm better than you, I can definitely help you. And because I'm constantly working on my own voice, I'll be on another level by the time you reach my current level. ;)
If you think you're better, I still might be able to help you, thanks to the amazing technique I've been trained to teach. If I can't, I'll gladly give you a full refund (no questions asked), and refer you to a more experienced coach teaching the same technique.